Immediate Release Don Niehart
Central Illinois Honor Flight


Effingham, IL - 4.1.14 - Since its inception in 2009, Central Illinois Honor Flight (CIHF) has had the privilege of transporting over 1,300 WWII Veteran Heroes to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that commemorate the sacrifices of these brave individuals. As the ranks of America’s World War II Veterans continue to shrink, so does our chance to honor our heroes - members of “The Greatest Generation”.

Teamwork is essential in order to expedite our mission of escorting every veteran who wishes to visit their memorials – therefore, CIHF is excited to announce a collaboration that will speed up the process of taking our local Illinois Veterans to see their memorials.

If you are a veteran who has been on the CIHF list to travel, your application will automatically be transferred to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Applications Department. Rest assured that any veteran who would like to see their memorials in our nation’s capital will still have the opportunity to do so. Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will be the new contact for any present or future veteran who would like to travel to see their memorial. Land of Lincoln Honor Flight is also proud to announce that they have and are still planning on taking any veteran who would like to go to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials; no matter what war they served.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to take our heroes to see their memorials and we cannot thank them enough for their service, also the community of veteran supporters that have stepped forward to contribute and make our mission possible,” states Don Niehart, President of Central Illinois Honor Flight, while thinking back over the past five years. “If not for these men and women veterans we may not be here today, and if not for the outpouring of support over the past five years, it would not have been possible to take them all to see their memorials.” In continuing with this effort, Niehart is pleased to announce that all remaining monies from CIHF will be transferred to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight so that the mission will continue to be a success and that any veteran currently on the CIHF list will be offered the opportunity to participate.

Want to know more? The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight website ( features information about the program, a list of frequently asked questions, and an application to the program. For more information, visit the website or call Ray Wiedle at 217.622.1473.

You can support Land of Lincoln Honor Flight in several ways: